Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Yesterday's ClydeSights: MAERSK APAPA

For a short time in the early part of the decade, Maersk Line operated a weekly container service between Greenock and the Mediterranean, calling at Rotterdam,Gioia Tauro, Salerno, Algeciras and Liverpool. Three sisterships were employed, named MAERSK ABIDJAN, MAERSK ACCRA and MAERSK APAPA for the charter. German owned, MAERSK APAPA (seen here) was originally named SAN FRANCISCO but like many container ships over the years , she has carried numerous names for various charters, reflecting the service that she has been used on. So far this vessel has been seen as CONTSHIP BRASIL, IVARAN RAVEN, LYKES RAVEN, and LYKES PILOT. She was built in Germany in 1996 by Thyssen Nordseewerke at Emden, and is 166.6 metres overall, with a deadweight of some 20,072 tonnes. She can carry 1,512 TEU containers. Sadly the service was short-lived.